Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 6th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Dale Campbell-Savours Mr Dale Campbell-Savours , Workington 3:32 pm, 6th July 1983

Has the Chief Secretary read this morning's national newspapers, especially The Times and The Guardian, which outline arguments in the Cabinet between the Chancellor and other Ministers about cuts in public expenditure that are due later this year? How can he come before the House today and hand back money to a select few people in society, while at the same time he knows — as do all his colleagues on the Back Benches—that the Chancellor is running round the Cabinet like a madman demanding cuts in public expenditure? Do not the Government owe the British people some consistency in this highly important area? The hon. and learned Gentleman should give the assurances for which my hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) asked.